Cornell Higher Education Research Institute

Professor Ron Ehrenberg teaching a class


CHERI was established in the fall of 1998 to provide a vehicle for interdisciplinary research on higher education. Faculty and administrators affiliated with CHERI come from 5 different Cornell colleges and other academic institutions around the world. CHERI's current research interests include the implications of the growing dispersion of wealth across academic institutions, the growing costs and importance of science to universities, the financial challenges facing public higher education, the changing nature of the faculty, governance in academic institutions, improving PhD programs in the humanities and associated social sciences, improving persistence rates in STEM Field majors, and reducing inequality in access to higher education. Over the years, CHERI has received its core funding from the Atlantic Philanthropies and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and has received supplementary support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Lumina Foundation for Education, and the TIAA-CREF Institute.


June 2015

Amand Griffith, Ronald Ehrenberg and Gary Cohen have written CHERI's newest working paper, "Explaining Racial Differences in Post-College Aspirations: Evidence from the NLSF ", (cheri_wp166.pdf (PDF, 256 KB)).

April 2015

Working Paper 165 (CHERI WP165 (PDF, 1 MB)) has just been added to to the Working Papers section of this site.  This working paper, authored by Richard Patterson, is titled: Can Behavioral Tools Improve Online Student Outcomes? Experimental Evidence froma Massive Open Online Course.

February 2015

We have just added two more working papers. Both papers are authored by Douglas Webber. "Risk-Sharing and Student Loan Policy: Consequences for Students and Institutions", (CHERI WP163 (PDF, 231 KB)) and "Are College Costs Worth It? How Individual Ability, Major, Choice, and Dept Affect Optimal Schooling Decisions" (CHERI WP164 (PDF, 389 KB)).

October 2014

I have just added two new CHERI Working Papers: "The Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship's Effects on PhD Production at Non-UNCF Institutions: An Evaluation" (CHERI WP161 (PDF, 258 KB)) by Ronald Ehrenberg, Sarah Prenovitz, Gary Cohen and George Jakubson and  "University Endowment Growth: Assessing Policy Proposals" (CHERI WP162 (PDF, 382 KB)) by Ross Milton and Ronald Ehrenberg.

July 2014

Cheri Working Paper 160 (CHERI WP160 (PDF, 111 KB)), "Coauthors and Collaborations" by Ronald G. Ehrenberg, is now available.

February 2014

"What's the Future of Public Higher Education? A Review Essay on Public No More: A New Path to Excellence for America's Public Universities"  (CHERI WP 159 (PDF, 50 KB)) by Ronald Ehrenberg is our newest  Working Paper.

October 2013

I have just added another working by Kevin Kniffin and Andrew Hanks.  This paper is titled: "Boundary Spanning in Academia: Antecedents and Near-Term Consequences of Academic Entrepreneurialism."  (CHERI WP 158 (PDF, 1 MB)).

"Revisiting Gladwell's Hockey Players: Influence of Relative Age Effects Upon Earning the PhD" by Kevin Kniffin and Andrew Hanks is our most recent Working Paper, (CHERI WP 157 (PDF, 1 MB)).

We have just added another paper from Professor Monks as Working Paper (CHERI WP 156 (PDF, 104 KB)): "Institutional Variation in Enrollment of Low-Income Students: The Role of Prices, Financial Aid Policies and Selectivity".

September 2013

James Monks, from the Department of Economics from the University of Richmond, has contributed the most recent CHERI Working Paper: "Revenue Shares and Monopsonistic Behavior in Intercollegiate Athletics"  (CHERI WP 155 (PDF, 60 KB)).

August 2013

"The Other Debt Crisis" by Ronald Ehrenberg and Ross Milton has just been added to the site as Working Paper (CHERI WP 154 (PDF, 39 KB)).

July 2013

Ross Milton and Ronald Ehrenberg have worked together to author CHERI's newest working paper:  "Decomposing the Dispersion of Higher Education Endowments", (CHERI WP 153 (PDF, 1 MB)).

June 2013

"The Lifetime Earnings Premia of Different Majors: Correcting for Selection Based on Cognitive and Noncognitive, and Unobserved Factors" by Douglas Webber.  (CHERI WP 152 (PDF, 339 KB)).

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